Archampolis or Charchampolis is, according to locals, a haunted place. It’s always exciting to listen to fairytales of a place, because when you are actually in this place these stories may trigger your imagination, shadows come alive and shapes form creatures. Unfortunately, the path to Archampolis has been very recently burnt and the forest that gave birth to fairytales is now gone, hopefully, lurking to revitalize.
The path starts at Thymi. There is a small but very informative sign at the very beginning of the gravel road, with a map which you could take a photo. I didn’t but I was lucky to meet locals who helped me find the path. The gravel road is quite rough even for a 4WD. You could just leave your car at Thymi or if you dare driving down the winding road, you will pass by a church on your right and then arrive at a small 4-5 houses settlement. At the end of the road you will be facing the first house. On the left back side of its yard there is another small sign which signifies the beginning of the path. There are red signs all the way so do not worry that you may get lost.
Following the path, it leads you inside a valley, where you should reach and cross a stream. The sea should be always on your left. Once you reach the right side rocks, the path leads right over the Aegean Sea and the view is breathtaking. About 15 minutes later you should have the first glance over the Archampolis beach. It is another amazing beach of Evia, so isolated and full of history that makes it even more impressive and unique. The side before reaching the church is covered by ancient rust from ancient mine according to archaeologists.
The path stops behind the church. There you can continue right to the gorge that leads to Ochi Mountain or turn left to the beach. The path to the gorge is supposed to be very difficult to approach due to thick vegetation.
Walk down to the beach and make sure you enjoy your swim!
The distance from Thymi shouldn’t be more than one hour on an easy path with mild altitude difference and it is absolutely worth it!
If you are observative enough you may meet beautiful wild flowers, rare birds and maybe a few snakes, that shouldn’t worry you.